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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

MrTester Re:Syfylys passes on an actual classic (144 comments)

Hell yes.
They have a couple of good properties now, but for the most part its crap.
And where is the classic SciFi appreciation? Forbidden Planet, Them, The Day the Earth Stood Still (without Neo). When is the last time they showed a black and white program other than Twilight Zone?

If I was in charge of SyFy:
1) Classic movie of the week with a Turner Classic Movies style intro talking about the movie, its impact, roots and the making of the movie.
2) Guest hosts introducing their favorite SciFi
3) Put together a stable of actors, authors and directors and host a weekly 90 minute-3 sketch late night program modeled on Saturday Night Live, but focusing on scifi story telling instead of comedy. Some of the sketches could be one offs, others a mini-series. Probably not live, although that might be fun too...
4) Get some real scifi lovers to look for classic works that they could get the rights to produce as movies. They dont have to be high budget. Take the same budget they spend now on their monster of the week movies, spend less on special effects and throw it at the scripts. I know thats not a lot, but give me a day and $500 and I can improve the hell out of their scripts.
5) No wrestling
6) Change the name back to SciFi

about 2 months ago

More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

MrTester Re:Thanks Obama! (55 comments)

What the hell? These have been laying around unnoticed since the 1970s when another agency took over the building, but somehow all the blame falls on Obama...
If thats the sort of thing you are using to call Obama a half-witted president, YOU make GW look like a genius.

about 2 months ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

MrTester Re:Wait, what? (181 comments)

This is just how things work.
Its a chicken and egg thing. It will never be a priority for the international community to establish policies until pushed by something like this.

about 3 months ago

The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

MrTester Re:so (122 comments)

oh.... and we are talking about a LOT more than just art and skins here. IF they are going the Minecraft route.

about 5 months ago

The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

MrTester Re:so (122 comments)

When I first heard this earlier today what came to mind is Minecraft.
If they can create a good stable base product with good enough <Insert developer jargon for "information people need to develop mods" here> support then there very well may be a market for good mod packs.
I know I would have been more than happy to pay $20 or $30 for Feed The Beast for MineCraft.

If they can turn that into a market where they skim some money off the top from the mod pack sellers to pay for a free base product (the opposite of the charge for Minecraft with free mods model of Mahjong) more power too them.

about 5 months ago

Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions

MrTester Re:What? (143 comments)

Judging from many of the earlier posts it seems that what many Slashdot readers have lost a grasp on is the difference between the FAA and the FCC. Whether its a knowledge deficiency or a failure in Reading-for-Information I dont know.

about 5 months ago

Current Doctor Who Warns Against Facebook

MrTester Re:not surprising (218 comments)

I think Facebook today is what AOL was 15 or 20 years ago.
AOL packaged up the ISP access with a web and email client. Users didnt have to be tech savvy and didnt have to know about the other ways to accomplish "getting online." It was easy. But savvy users found it limiting and too expensive for what it did.

Similar thing with Facebook. Savvy users consider the privacy issues too burdensome and find other ways to accomplish the same things. But for the masses "it just works."
As the masses become more and more savvy Facebook will be forced to change, or will go the way of AOL.

about a year ago

Private Collector Builds Apple Pop-Up Museum

MrTester Re:Can it bring jobs back to ex-CompUSA employees? (73 comments)

Wow. Im thinking you dont have much real world experience. Either that or your just not paying attention.
It doesnt matter how talented your workforce is if management is bound and determined to ignore their skills.

about a year and a half ago

Indie Horror Film Shows What You Can Do (And Get) For Free

MrTester Re:I am the filmmaker (109 comments)

Done being an ass?

Nope. Didnt think so.

about a year and a half ago

Foxconn Begins To Assemble Its Robot Army

MrTester changing the outsourcing equation (303 comments)

Unless Im missing something, the reason so many of our electronics are made in China is the cheap labor.
Presumably the Chinese wouldnt be replacing their labor force with robots if they werent cheaper yet.

So why arent these robotic assembly lines popping up in the US? Tax laws? Environmental laws? Inertia?

about 2 years ago

Game Review: Torchlight 2

MrTester Re:Diablo 3 is fine. (221 comments)

Yeah! I agree! 100%.
I just wish there was some way to not go out and read reviews of games that I want to buy...

about 2 years ago

Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

MrTester Re:So which field of engineering (1774 comments)


1) I dont believe in god.
2) Your anti god zealotry is every bit as destructive as what you are railing against. A belief in god does not have to make you stupid. It doesnt mean you have to ignore science. You simply have to believe that in studying science you are quantifying all of the rules that god established.

There are radicals on BOTH sides of the issue and they (i.e. YOU) are the problem.

more than 2 years ago

How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

MrTester Re:Not News (646 comments)

<quote><p> A real gun owner would know this.</p></quote>
Your definition of a "real gun owner" must be different from mine.
To me, its a person who has a gun.
There are lots of people who have a gun and kids. Some of these might know what they are doing, but most just go out to Walmart and get the thing that is marketed to store guns and call it good.
Id bet that covers 90% of gun owners.

The issue here isnt whether or not gun owners should know better (they should, but kids shouldn't have to pay the price for this failure), its about companies marketing products that give the owners a false sense of security.

more than 2 years ago

Bloomberg, WSJ: Student Aid Increases Tuition

MrTester Randomly applied theories (433 comments)

No no no.
I mean, yes its true that if there were excess money in the system, the system would suck that excess up. Thats true in ANY system.
But everyone acts as if that automatically explains where we are today.
If the total National spending on education was $5 (not millions or billions, just the $5 I have in my wallet), the above would still be a true statement, but wouldnt imply that at this moment we are spending too much.

Im so tired of this. Just because a theory is (or could be) true does not automatically mean that is the theory that is defining the current situation.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists 'Switch Off' Brain Cell Death In Mice

MrTester Re:Interesting... (78 comments)

It seems pretty obvious to me.
When cell production continues despite the buildup of these misfolded proteins more and more of these misfolded proteins build up in the brain until they essentially ARE the brain.
At this point the person gets an unstoppable craving for brains that are not full of misfolded proteins.
At the same time the treatment that caused the continuation of cell production becomes contagious via the spreading of bodily fluids such as saliva.

I suspect other side effects will involve slow uncoordinated movement and an urge to moan.

more than 2 years ago

Should There Be a Sci-Fi Category At the Oscars?

MrTester Re:Every time a bell rings (309 comments)

Oh dear god NO!!!!
Are you freaking kidding me? Emmerich doing Foundation?
Who the HELL would let that man get the rights to it?

You just ruined my whole frigging day.

more than 2 years ago

China Cuts 'Excessive Entertainment' From TV

MrTester Re:Practical arguments against? (336 comments)

Your totally glossing over the fact that 90% of the 90% of Americans spending 47+ hours/week at work spend 50% of that work time surfing the internet. During that time we are all actively engaged in politics (like this discussion) and flirting with people we think (hope) are women.

See? Were not distracted, were fully engaged in society.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Denies Reports That Airport Scanners Ruin Kindle's e-Ink

MrTester Re:Nothing here (182 comments)

Im curious... Did you have a cover without the light?

I had one of those and was having a problem with locking up and sudden battery drain nearly once a week.
It turns out that the hooks that hold the cover on ALSO provide power to the light in the cover with the light. If the plastic coating on the hook of the lightless cover wears off, it makes some kind of connection that shorts the Kindle out.
From the time that I replaced that cover about 6 months ago with a cover with a light it has not happened again.

I wonder if an airport scanner can induce a charge which increases the chance of this happening?

more than 2 years ago

The F-35 Story

MrTester Re:Ah, makes perfect sense... (509 comments)

In principle I agree. The problem is when the contractors KNOW this they can milk the system for more money.
So we need to work with contracts that that bind both parties. Set an upper limit for what the government will pay, a minimum for what the government will receive and logical gates that lock down WHEN each party will walk away.

Even then the system will be gamed, but at least there would be limits.

more than 2 years ago

The F-35 Story

MrTester Re:Ah, makes perfect sense... (509 comments)

No, were 5 years behind schedule because the governments response to that situation in the past has been "Oh. Well here's some more money. Let see if that helps."

more than 2 years ago



Netflix Listened! They are keeping profiles!

MrTester MrTester writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrTester (860336) writes "About a week ago I was distressed to hear that Netflix was eliminating profiles ,a feature that I use and like. I did what I rarely do, and fired of an email to Netflix stating my dissapointment. Much to my surprise, I just got an email stating "You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are. We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you. -Your friends at Netflix." What? I wrote an email to a large corporation to complain and within 2 weeks they not only changed their course, but they also took the time to respond to those that complained? Obviously this is a nefarious plot to boost expectations which will later be shattered."

MrTester MrTester writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MrTester writes "This is an artical about an Irish company that claims to have created a free energy device.
From the article:
The company, Steorn (, says its discovery is based on the interaction of magnetic fields and allows the production of clean, free and constant energy — a concept that challenges one of the basic rules of physics.
They are challenging scientists to disprove them so they can enter the market with some level of credibility. I cant bring myself to submit my email to recieve updates on this (available from their web page here: ) because I cant help but think there is something else going on here."


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